Bah Ram Snooze

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
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This is a bit of a patchwork post. First, check out this cute new t-shirt design from Threadless!

Insomnia

Second, this is a wonderful tip from bunchkinknits on shaping armholes that require stitches to be cast off at the beginning of rows:

The trick is to decrease one of the cast off stitches in the last two stitches of the preceding row. So for instance, if you are supposed to cast off three stitches in the next knit row, you would purl two together on the last two stitches of the preceding row (decreasing one stitch), and then only cast off TWO in the next row. The change in the line of decreases is amazing, and so much easier to sew up that all of those stair steps.

Neat! So if you have to cast off 5 stitches, you decrease on the row before and then cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the intended row, creating a slant so you don’t have a “stair” effect on your sleeves. This is especially useful if you’re knitting a tank top or something that doesn’t allow you to hide the stairs in a seam.

Third is an update on some UFOs: I finished the February Baby Sweater yesterday! It’s officially my first finished sweater, even if it’s for a baby. I sewed on the buttons using this tutorial and I knit a flower for the front that looks like a daffodil. I’ll be taking photos this afternoon and I’ll have a post ready for tomorrow. I also finished a huge portion of my Dad’s scarf over the weekend (only half a foot until I’m done), and knit up a swatch for my mom’s Somewhat Cowl. No progress on Baudelaire this weekend, though; I had to read a textbook on Experimental Design and I have at least 20 papers to read and AUGH! AUGH! AUGH!

Ooh! And I caught four fish on Saturday. It was family fishing weekend in Ontario where you can fish without a license. The beau landed all my fish but at one point I decided I was going to land one but then it kept swinging back and forth on the line and I was afraid of hurting it and I touched it along the side and it was surprisingly un-gooey, but then I knew if I kept screwing around it would reverse-drown, so I let him land it so it could get back in the water as soon as possible. Le beau caught a fish that had a lure stuck in it, and the jerks had just cut the line without removing the lure. Stupid, stupid, stupid people.

I don’t want this post to end on a sad note, so here’s a video of a cute puppy. Arf!

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In Progress Shots

Monday, June 18th, 2007
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I haven’t actually blogged about my own knitting in a while, so I thought I’d take the time to show you folks what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

This is the back of the baby jacket I was talking about a short time ago. Since I took this picture this afternoon, I’m almost up to the shoulders! Another pattern repeat and I can put it on a holder and start the fronts.

Cabled Baby Jacket

The tweed is white/grey/black, so when I showed the beau my new yarn he thought I had accidentally dropped it in some lint. It’s looking fine knit up, but next time I’ll be sure to go for colourful tweed to ensure it doesn’t have that rolled-in-the-sandpit look.

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And I thought I recycled everything.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
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50 percent rice straw fiber and 50 percent cottonI, for one, plan to be the first person to reveal this fantastic leap forward in fashion engineering (fashineering): biodegradable knitted fabrics made from materials like rice straw, wheat gluten, and chicken feathers.

Every year, farms worldwide produce millions of tons of agricultural waste, which includes wheat gluten, rice straw, and even chicken feathers. Now scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are turning this refuse into biodegradable fabrics as an alternative to the ubiquitous nylons and polyesters made from petroleum.

I think it would be neat if knitters could do the same with their ball remains that these folks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are doing with agricultural waste. There are recycling programmes for batteries, electronic equipment, old fridges, and then of course less dangerous recyclable materials like paper and plastics and Kevin Bacon. Wouldn’t it be neat if there were programmes for recycling wool? They could be processed and respun into brand new balls and sold on the cheap to folks who need income. I’m sure hippies would pay for whatever garments they produced.

In knitting news, I’m a few inches down the leg of my second Jaywalker, and I’m starting a pair of Knucks for my cousin. They’ll be made from the red merino sweater I bought in this post with these fantastic embroidery tips. The yarn’s a bit tweedy; I love how warm and stretchy it is! This yarn may also become a pair of socks; I’m already eyeing Baudelaire.